City of Edinburgh came through their top-of-the-table clash with Edinburgh Jets unscathed to move four points clear at the top of the men’s Schelde Sports Scottish Volleyball League.
Player-coach Barry McGuigan stressed that the trip to St Augustine’s High School was the biggest test of the season but they held firm to win 25-21, 19-25 25-20, 25-12 and keep their unbeaten league record. It leaves them with a great chance of regaining the league title but McGuigan has warned his players they need to “avoid the banana skins” in the weeks ahead.
Jets have enjoyed their best season for some years and a win could have put them top but there was little to choose between the teams in the opening two sets. City, however, took a firm grip after taking the third set to go on and secure an important victory.
Kilmarnock Blaze, the reigning champions, edged ahead of Jets into second place with a 25-20, 25-20, 25-22 win over South Ayrshire but are still two victories shy of Edinburgh.
In the women’s first division, City of Edinburgh maintained their challenge by beating Edinburgh Jets 16-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-13.
Troon Team Ayrshire kept their lead at the top with a convincing 25-18, 25-18, 25-0 win at South Ayrshire and North Lanarkshire are second, ahead of Edinburgh on sets difference, after beating Aberdonia 25-16, 25-8, 25-18.